Terry Hanck (born 1944)[2] is an American electric blues saxophonist, singer, songwriter and record producer, who won a Blues Music Award in 2016 in the 'Instrumentalist – Horn' category.[3] Previously Hanck earned both a Blues Music Award and a Living Blues Award for 'Best Horn' in 2012, and was nominated for the latter prize in the 'Best Song' category. In May 2015, he won the International Songwriting Competition for his soul ballad, "I Keep On Holding On."[4] Born in Chicago, Hanck was influenced by the blues, soul and jazz of the 1950s and early 1960s. After moving to California in 1965, Hanck later toured with Elvin Bishop for over a decade, before leaving to tour and record with his own band for now almost 30 years.[5]

Terry Hanck
Born (1944-12-29) December 29, 1944 (age 79)
Chicago, Illinois, United States
GenresElectric blues, soul blues[1]
Occupation(s)Saxophonist, singer, songwriter and record producer
Instrument(s)Vocals, tenor saxophone
Years active1970s–present
LabelsVarious including Delta Groove Productions

Living Blues writer Lee Hildebrand has written that "Hanck is one of the most formidable saxophonists in the blues and soul business. He has a virile tone and attack and an uncanny command of upper-register notes."[4]

Life and career edit

Hanck was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States.[4] He took up playing the saxophone shortly before his 21st birthday. In 1967, Hanck relocated on a permanent basis to Orange County, California.[6] He moved again in 1969 to San Francisco, before starting his own band, the Grayson Street Houserockers, the following year. The outfit briefly included the guitarist Luther Tucker.[6] Hanck's music was inspired by the work in the 1950s of Fats Domino, Ray Charles, B. B. King, Lee Allen and King Curtis.[4] He saw both King and Charles in concert in the early 1960s.[7] However his band's music did not reach a large audience, although one who did see them perform was Elvin Bishop who asked Hanck to join his band. Hanck played on Bishop's album, Struttin' My Stuff (1975), which included the hit single, "Fooled Around and Fell in Love."[6] In 1977, Hanck finally joined Bishop's band at the third time of asking. He remained until 1987 when he left to form his own outfit, although the two reunited on Bishop's 2011 live album, Raising Hell Revue. Previously Hanck had re-joined his friend on the 2010 Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise,[4] and subsequent live album release.[8]

In 1998, Terry Hanck & The Soulrockers performed at the Notodden Blues Festival. In 2001, at the age of 21, Christoffer "Kid" Andersen moved to the United States and joined Hanck's band, and became a figure on the West Coast blues scene.[9] In 2002, Hanck released his solo album, I Keep On Holdin' On.[1] AllMusic noted of Hanck's 2005 album, Night Train, that he "is a competent journeyman set of old school-style R&B, mixing covers with Terry Hanck originals. The covers give a good sense of where Hanck is coming from, as he selects songs from the catalogs of Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, Hank Ballard, and Little Willie John. He plays good smoky saxophone in the spirit of Junior Walker".[10]

Andersen has appeared on, and co-produced all of Hanck's releases, since I Keep On Holdin' On.[11] However, in 2004, Johnny "Cat" Soubrand replaced Andersen in Hanck's backing ensemble.[12] In 2008, Always, showcased Hanck's humor when it included his self-penned track entitled, "Deep Fried Twinkies."[13] In 2011, Look Out! was Hanck's first outing on the Delta Groove Productions label.[1]

His album, Gotta Bring It On Home to You (2014), included contributions from guitarists Kid Andersen and Debbie Davies. It incorporated an equal mixture of Hanck's own compositions and cover versions of others' work.[14] The covers included one of Elvin Bishop's songs, "Right Now Is the Hour."[7] Hanck has produced (or co-produced) all of his albums.[15]

Hanck's saxophone or arrangement work has appeared on various albums by J.P. Soars (Full Moon Night in Memphis), Rick Estrin & The Nightcats (One Wrong Turn), R.C. Finnigan (Heart Body and Soul), Mickey Thomas (As Long As You Love Me), Little Smokey Smothers (Chicago Blues Buddies), Jackie Payne (Partners in the Blues), Alice Stuart (Crazy with the Blues), Steve Freund ("C" for Chicago), Amos Garrett (I Make My Home in My Shoes), Tracy Nelson (Ebony and Irony), and several Elvin Bishop recordings, among others.[16][17]

Current band edit

  • Johnny "Cat" Soubrand (guitar)
  • Tim Wagar (bass)
  • Butch Cousins (drums)[5]

Discography edit

Albums edit

Year Title Record label Credited to
2000 Live & Raw Live & Raw Records Terry Hanck and The Soulrockers
2002 I Keep On Holdin' On Mo' Muscle Records Terry Hanck
2005 Night Train TVR Records Terry Hanck
2008 Always TVR/Vizz Tone Terry Hanck
2011 Look Out! (Greasy Soul Rockin' Blues) Delta Groove Productions Terry Hanck
2014 Gotta Bring It On Home To You Delta Groove Productions The Terry Hanck Band and Friends
2016 From Roadhouse To Your House – Live! TVR/Vizz Tone The Terry Hanck Band
2019 I Still Get Excited TVR/Vizz Tone Terry Hanck


See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d "Terry Hanck – Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  2. ^ Vermilyea, John. "Blues Underground Network (Featuring Terry Hanck "Look Out")". Bluesundergroundnetwork.com. Archived from the original on 7 October 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 Blues Music Awards Winner List". Blues411.com. Archived from the original on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Terry Hanck – About the band". Terryhanck.net. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Terry Hanck // Jivewired Digital One Sheet // Friends. Music. Life". Jivewired.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  6. ^ a b c "Look Out". Amazon.co.uk. 1 August 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  7. ^ a b Joseph, Adam. "Blues in the Park kicks off with The Terry Hanck Band". Montereycountyweekly.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Elvin Bishop – Live On The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise". Discogs.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  9. ^ "BLUES JUNCTION Productions – Kid Andersen". Bluesjunctionproductions.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Night Train – Terry Hanck – Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  11. ^ "TERRY HANCK BAND – Tickets – The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ – May 30th, 2014". Rhythmroom.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Terry Hanck". Bostononthebeach.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Terry Hanck in SLO — Santa Barbara Blues Society". Sbblues.org. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  14. ^ "The Terry Hanck Band and Friends – Gotta Bring It On Home to You – Album Review – Blues Blast Magazine". Bluesblastmagazine.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Gotta Bring It On Home To You – Terry Hanck – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Terry Hanck". Discogs.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  17. ^ "Terry Hanck – Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  18. ^ "Live and Raw – Terry Hanck and the Soulrockers – Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  19. ^ "From Roadhouse to Your House – Terry Hanck Band – Releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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